Set in an unspecified era, but seemingly distant future, in a post-apocalyptic Ethiopia, Crumbs tells the story of Candy (Daniel Tadesse), a man on a search for meaning. Caught up in his own daydreams and his effort to collect the ‘crumbs’ of society as he attempts to escape Earth and return ‘home’ on the spaceship that hovers above his house that has recently been re-activated. As we follow Candy on his journey that takes him through a desert held by 2nd generation Nazis, confrontation with an aggressive Father Christmas and the re-discovery of his true past, Candy learns the true meaning of home and re-discovers the importance of those who truly love him.
Post-Apocalyptic , sci-fi, post-modern romance emerging from Ethiopia with a plot that on the surface, seems to make no sense isn’t something most people have in their DVD collection and for good reason. Crumbs is surreal at its clearest and confusing at its worst; Ethiopian based Spanish director Miguel Llansó has delivered a visually brilliant film bolstered by beautiful acting from Tadesse and Selma Tesfayie (who plays Birdy, Candy’s beloved), but it took two viewings and a brain numbing amount of thought for me to figure out any semblance of a plotline. Now, that may mean I’m stupid, or it may mean this film is meant for a particularly nuanced art film audience and I’m choosing to go with the latter. When you do pull it together, it makes for a beautiful piece and I am still a little bit in love with Selma Tesfayie.
Overall, I’ve no doubt Crumbs is a beautiful film and on reflection I can see its nuances and appeal, but it is something you’re probably going to have to watch a couple of times. At just over 60 minutes, this luckily won’t kill you, but it may leave you questioning why! Fans of arthouse should definitely see this film, but if you’re looking to switch your mind off, maybe you should check out Chappie instead.
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